Soldiers' Body Parts Found

Body parts and tissue samples of soldiers killed in Afghanistan have been kept without their families' permission, the Ministry of Defence has admitted.

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Ministry of Defence 'deeply sorry' at body parts error

Speaking to BBC News, Major General James Everard, Assistant Chief of the General Staff, said:

We owe a huge apology to the families involved and those who will now be feeling stressful even if it doesn't affect them.

These were just tissue samples that we had failed to recover post-inquest and deal with in line with the families' wishes.

It's a failure of process, nothing more than that, but we absolutely recognise this will cause distress and we're deeply sorry."

– Major General James Everard

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